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EMU wins international cryptoanalysis competition

“Furrowed eyebrows” may not technically be a mood, but it’s how Eastern Mennonite University sophomore engineering major Ben Stutzman described the atmosphere when his team was competing in the Kryptos cryptoanalysis competition in early April.

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Gene affects how some women store fat: And increases their diabetes risk

A natural variation of the gene KLF14 causes some women to store fat on their bellies and hips and puts them at significantly increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research reveals.

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Virginia Department of Forestry sends help to Texas, Oklahoma

A very long siege of wildfire activity, which shows no signs of coming to an end, is taking its toll on firefighting resources in Texas and Oklahoma. Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned, homes have been lost and there have been several injuries and fatalities over the last several weeks.


Augusta County Sheriff’s Office searching for runaway teen

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with locating a runaway juvenile who was last seen in Verona on Friday, April 13, at approximately 5:30 p.m.


Ruckersville man charged with involuntary manslaughter

A Ruckersville man was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after an incident reported Friday night on Interstate 64 in Goochland County.

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Quebe Sisters coming to Wayne Theatre on July 27

The Wayne Theatre presents The Quebe Sisters on Friday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show.

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Scholars from Iraq in conflict analysis training at EMU Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

In early February, 20 scholars from five leading Iraqi universities and a representative from Iraq’s Ministry of Education gathered in Beirut, Lebanon, for a five-day training on conflict analysis.

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United Way of Greater Augusta hosts Week of Caring

During the National Volunteer Week, over a 100 volunteers in the Greater Augusta region will complete projects with local nonprofit agencies and schools. On a local level, this event is called the Week of Caring (#woc2018) and is an annual event for United Way of Greater Augusta.


Why washing dishes or showering during a storm can be extremely dangerous

AccuWeather reports it’s common advice to stay away from plumbing or metal objects during a thunderstorm, but what could happen if you don’t?


Freeze warning in effect overnight Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Waynesboro, Augusta County and parts of the Shenandoah Valley overnight into Tuesday.

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Blue Ridge Parkway hosts informational open house in Roanoke on May 1

The National Park Service invites the public to attend the 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway Season Preview, a showcase of upcoming Parkway activities and projects. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Visitor Center in Roanoke. 

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Original JMU play explores family, faith, forgiveness

Could even the shattered pieces of our lives result in something beautiful? This question lies at the heart of Stained Glass, an original play written by James Madison University faculty member Ingrid De Sanctis.

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City of Charlottesville launches MyCville app

The City of Charlottesville has launched MyCville, a new online and mobile phone-based tool that allows citizens to report problems, request services, and to track the resolution from start to finish. 

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Waynesboro Public Library hosts free workshop on writing, editing, publishing a book

Wayne Drumheller, M.Ed, will lead a free workshop at the Waynesboro Public Library on Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon for students and adults about self-publishing a book, including the stages of writing, editing, cover design, pricing, and marketing.


VCU Wilder School, Virginia secretary of public safety and homeland security to host school safety forum

The VCU Wilder School’s Center for Public Policy and the Virginia secretary of public safety and homeland security are sponsoring a forum on school safety on April 23 that will examine how officials can best assess, investigate and resolve potential threats as well as the evolving role of school resource officers.

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Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park announces Star Gazing Parties

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites visitors to view and learn about the nighttime sky through three Star Gazing Parties scheduled throughout 2018.  

4-16-18 Cessna Plane Crash in Crozet VA

Virginia State Police investigating small-plane crash in Albemarle County

Virginia State Police, the FAA and NTSB will be continuing the investigation Monday (April 16) into the cause of the fatal plane crash that occurred in Albemarle County on Sunday.

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Lime Kiln Theater receives Virginia Tourism music festival grant

Lime Kiln Theater has received a $7,000 grant through the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Musical Festival Sponsorship Program for its 2018 Summer Concert Series.

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Virginia Folklife Program announces apprenticeship class of 2018-2019

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the 2018-2019 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master artists are selected through a competitive process in all forms of Virginia’s expressive cultures.

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Hundreds gather at Virginia Tech for Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference

Virginia Tech was host last week to more than 400 talented, accomplished women who convened in Blacksburg for the sixth annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference.

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Washington and Lee host 15th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend

Washington and Lee University will host its 15th annual Tom Wolfe Weekend April 20-21. This year’s event will also be unique as namesake Tom Wolfe will be on campus to attend the weekend.


Concert on April 20 supporting power for Puerto Rico

Eight local Harrisonburg and Rockingham County organizations want to help more communities in Puerto Rico get power back after Hurricane Maria.

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Augusta County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing man

Update: Monday, 8:33 a.m. Leo Maddox has been located.

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SWAG Writers presents National Poetry Month reading

SWAG Writers (The Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta Group of the Virginia Writers Club) Reading Series continues in April with a reading by poets Susan Facknitz, Stan Galloway, Leona Sevick, Michael Trocchia, and Lesley Wheeler

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Friends of the Waynesboro Public Library Bargain Booksale set for April 21

The Friends of the Waynesboro Public Library, who bring you the big annual book sale every September, are having a Bargain Book Sale on Saturday April 21, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.